Artists often are inspired and influenced by the people, places and circumstances surrounding them but artists each tend to imbue their own sense of personality and ideas into their works. For example, Matisse's Bonheur de Vivre (Joy of Life) and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon can be simultaneously seen as inspired by and breaking free of Paul Cézanne's The Large Bathers.
Beginning with the prominent piece that is to have influenced the other two works, Cezanne's Large Bathers. It invokes his hours studying and copying masters at the Louvre. There he saw many depictions of mythological stories and figures and many nudes in landscapes (Philidelphia...n.d.). This pieces is said to have been derived …show more content…
First they are both large scale paintings also. The paintings are studies of nudes that appear to be in a stage like setting where the landscape and the figures are intertwined. The colors in the works are meant to draw emotion from not an actual representation of the world around them (Henri Matisse. n.d.). In Matisse's and Picasso's works, the bottom right figures are crouched and their forms are confounding.
Matisse sets a stage very similar to Cezanne. Trees planted at the sides and in the far distance. The upper boughs spread apart like stage curtains that seem to highlight the figures below (Henri Matisse. n.d.). Picasso has made the stage smaller and more cramped yet the brown at the left and the blue-white at the right construct a similar stage that focuses the eye toward the figures (Cubism. n.d.).
Now their breakaways. Matisse used such curves and arabesques in the shapes of the trees and then mirrored that in the curves of the bodies. This made that painting seem more sensual than Cezanne's (Fauvism-Matisse. n.d.). He also used such bright and vibrant colors like oranges and reds and purples. He coupled the figures up and made it feel joyful rather than serene or calm. Matisse is drawing from his imagination and his idea of joy similar to Cezanne but his joy seem more playful (Fauvism-Matisse.